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Plasmas for spacecraft propulsion

Charles, Christine

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This review presents the basics of plasma discharges applied to electric spacecraft propulsion. It briefly reports on the mature and flown technologies of gridded ion thrusters and Hall thrusters before exploring the recent yet immature technology of plasma thrusters based on expansion from low pressure high density inductively coupled and wave-excited plasma sources, e.g. the radiofrequency helicon source. Prototype development of plasma engines for future space travel is discussed using the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCharles, Christine
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:19:45Z
dc.identifier.issn0022-3727
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/19495
dc.description.abstractThis review presents the basics of plasma discharges applied to electric spacecraft propulsion. It briefly reports on the mature and flown technologies of gridded ion thrusters and Hall thrusters before exploring the recent yet immature technology of plasma thrusters based on expansion from low pressure high density inductively coupled and wave-excited plasma sources, e.g. the radiofrequency helicon source. Prototype development of plasma engines for future space travel is discussed using the example of the helicon double layer thruster. A summary of highlights in electric propulsion based space missions gives some insight into the challenges of future high power missions in more remote regions of space.
dc.publisherInstitute of Physics Publishing
dc.sourceJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
dc.subjectKeywords: Double layers; Gridded ion thrusters; Hall thrusters; Helicon sources; High density; High-power; Inductively-coupled; Low pressures; Plasma discharge; Plasma engines; Plasma thrusters; Prototype development; Radio frequencies; Remote regions; Space missio
dc.titlePlasmas for spacecraft propulsion
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume42
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor090199 - Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absfor020204 - Plasma Physics; Fusion Plasmas; Electrical Discharges
local.identifier.ariespublicationU4735977xPUB8
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationCharles, Christine, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue163001
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage18
local.identifier.doi10.1088/0022-3727/42/16/163001
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:22:36Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-70149103320
local.identifier.thomsonID000268553600002
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